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Op-ed: Globe is bush league journalism (by Peter Children)

Aside from the fact that recent editorials coming from the local paper are upsetting and appear not only inept but vindictive towards those who faithfully served this community for decades, it is no less than bush league journalism.

An editorial signifies it came from an editor…we all know there is no editor at the local paper. After the last editor was released from service no replacement was installed. Now I am led to believe a troika of sorts has picked up the reins thereby nullifying the notion that if one person could do it then three could do it better.

When the first television station opened in Mason City it was owned by Lee Enterprise, the same parentage as the Globe-Gazette but government regulations made them sell it off due to monopolistic law.  In the end I don’t think it made much difference because through the years this local T.V. station has taken a back seat when it comes to local issues.  Not so with our local paper; they just can’t get it through their head that along with the value of their stock, their opinion of how this city is run has descended to the level of their net worth…which is now classified as junk status in the trade around .98 cents a share, after a recent low of .42.

It has never been my intention to engage in discord with those who write for the Globe; on the other hand I cannot stand idly by and watch three former councilmen get raped with yellow journalism.

In his Monday column, Skipper alludes to “dissidents” here locally; I think he means me. He goes on to say the dissidents want to believe the new council will be a rubber stamp council…..well lets slow this bus down for just a minute…..from loose calculations, I think there have been 50 council meetings since Hickey and Solberg took their seats.  I am quite certain that at every meeting the three puppets all voted in unison.  That my friend is what is known as a “Rubber Stamp” or if you wish a giant prophylactic the likes of which has never been seen before.  Now with the addition of the new council members it will be like they took that new drug called “extend” that’s what I think.

Peter Children

 

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